Guest host Alice Embree -- who is sitting in for Rag Radio producer and host Thorne Dreyer -- interviews two Austin-based health justice advocates, James Cole and Nicole Stasek. James, a union member working in television production, is secretary of Austin’s 800-member chapter of Democratic Socialists of America. Nicole is a union electrician, and member of Young Activist Labor Leaders (YALL), and the Work Strong Austin coalition. DSA and Work Strong Austin have joined forces to canvass door-to-door on health care.
They talk about their advocacy for a single payer, Medicare for All, national health care system, and for a local Paid Sick Days Ordinance to be voted on in Austin in February 2018. Cole and Stasek explain why they care about these issues, and why this matters not just locally, but nationally.
Alice Embree is a longtime Austin peace and justice activist and union member. She worked with the original Rag in the '60s, writes for The Rag Blog, has been guest and co-host on Rag Radio, and is one of the editors of the acclaimed book, Celebrating The Rag: Austin's Iconic Underground Newspaper. A veteran of the Women's Liberation Movement, Alice was a contributor to the 1970 anthology, Sisterhood is Powerful. Above, from left, Rag Radio engineer Tracey Schulz, guest James Cole, guest host Alice Embree, and guest Nicole Stasek. Photo by Roger Baker.Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run, solar powered community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. It is streamed live on the Internet at KOOP.org and Radio Free America. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA -- and as a featured podcast at Veterans Today. Learn more about Rag Radio here.